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Aeneas and a Child (verso)
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Aeneas and a Child (verso)

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)

Graphite on paper

Height: 10 cm; Width: 7.6 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
This small sketch, rapidly executed in black chalk, was probably cut from a larger sheet and shows the Trojan hero Aeneas attended by a child. According to the Aeneid by the classical Roman poet Virgil, Aeneas was urged by the god Mercury to leave his lover Dido and follow his mission to build the city of Rome. The scene was rendered in a painting by Daniele da Volterra, one of Michelangelo’s friends during the last years of his career. The group of Aeneas and the child in the painting, identified as either Cupid or an attendant of Aeneas, is closely related to this drawing by Michelangelo who assisted Daniele with several such sketches. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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